A new report from the advocacy group Common Sense Media comes amid growing debate over young children’s use of touch-screen technology and reveals a dramatic shift in family life.
Mobile media use has skyrocketed among young children over the past two years, according to a new report from the advocacy group Common Sense Media, while “screen time” overall – the use of televisions, computers, smart phones, and so on – has dropped.
The survey results, released earlier Monday and coming amid growing debate over young children’s use of touch-screen technology, reveals a dramatic shift in family life, says Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media.
“This is big news,” he says. “This is pretty amazing in terms of what it shows about the digitization of young childhood. It’s a transformational shift in childhood, in media, and in technology use now.”
Forty percent of all families with children age 8 and under now own a tablet device, such as an iPad – up from 8 percent in 2011. Three-quarters of all young children have access to some sort of “smart” device at home, compared with 52 percent two years ago, and 38 percent of children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device for media.